Let’s enter in the world of dreams and elegance with Miss Aniela, aka Natalie Dybisz, a London-based young photographer from the Applied-Arts and fashion. The artist combines the Baroque aesthetic and the instructions of the commercial work to sign here a captivating and fascinating artistic direction. Her career starts in 2006, giving a go at self-portrait. Since then, her work has been shown in many international exhibitions and published in media throughout the world. She is the author of two books on photography. From now on, she continues her projects on fine-arts, still based on surrealist fashion, on top of business missions. Although being a nude photographer (and posing as her own model), we deliberately selected her fashion-oriented work “Surreal Fashion”, more spectacular by its intensity and opulence.
Surreal Fashion is the encounter of fashion and art, of beauty and absurdity where Haute-Couture collides with chaos, hanging in a dream land, surrounded by “glamorous” worlds, by opulent surreal characters going from the sublime to the peculiar. Each photograph offers an optical illusion of Haute-Couture where antlers could be seen as hung canvas, ribbons turn into birds, and seas spread their doors opened for tiny men, perched on the waves’ highest peaks. Those photographs have been taken everywhere around the world, from French castles to classical English homes. A lot of pictures have been inspired by classical masterpieces of the 16th century, spreading them to offer a new modern world. Animals, birds, seas and boats mingle together the new and the old; merging modern fashion with touches of bygone days.
Could you describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it ?
Playful, a bit mad, occasionally humorous, an undercurrent of sensuality, usually colourful, and usually always with an element of surrealism - sometimes subtle, sometimes bold.
Your main characteristic ?
I mentioned boldness before, and I think this is the word that comes up all the time from my first pictures to now. Whether in the days when I shot myself, or now when I shoot models, there is something always unavoidably bold, no matter how much I might try tone things down or apply an influence from someone else. I am drawn to colourful popping palettes (somewhere in an image, if not always all over), deep contrast, even a poster-paint like aesthetic to many images. Or the action going on in an image will be bold - levitation, or animals inserted from paintings, or a nude woman with surreally multipled nipples like the invasion of an ants’ nest. Whether my images are self-portraits or fashion; colour or monochrome, high or low production, there is always some element of boldness (rather than the pastel wallflower of delicacy that is in many other photographers’ beautiful work) that if I were to cautiously suggest is my ‘signature’, that would be it.
Places / Historical periods that inspire you ?
I generally like old houses that retain their original identity, they may be full of texture, history, scale… they might have hand painted murals and wallpaper, and just generally something ‘extraordinary’ that is not clinical or too practical. In my Surreal Fashion series I directly take from paintings and the ones I find the most inspiration in are typically Dutch still life masters, seascape painters, and paintings of animals for example Melchior d’Hondecoeter (17th century). There is something simplistic about the paintings of still life and hunted animals yet also beautiful and intriguingly lit well, and I love it when this strikes a synergy with the tones of my own photos in the way I process them. That is how they come together when I create a new piece. Your favorite couturier / fashion designer. I do not so much take an interest in fashion itself. I am interested in whatever looks good in front of my lens which may be an designer dress or an inexpensive homemade one, as long as it has character, texture, volume and something to offer the final image. In our own sartorial creations we do take inspiration from well-known designers like McQueen and Galliano and I also like working with stylists who think big. But it is always more about the art and not the names and labels.
- Meet Miss Aniela in Normal Magazine n°5 & n°9 -